FROM Bonnie Dumanis
Proposition 83: Sex Offenders and the November Elections There are 90,000 registered sex offenders in California, and current law says they can't live near schools while they're on parole. If they're high risk, they have to be monitored with electronic devices. The most dangerous can be committed to mental hospitals after serving their prison terms. Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a package of new laws cracking down on such sex offenders. Proposition 83 on November's ballot would be even tougher--so tough it could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It would increase penalties and provide for longer paroles. Past offenders could never live within 2000 feet of a school or a park and they'd be electronically monitored for the rest of their lives. Supporters say it will make children safer. Opponents contend it won't protect them from the most likely offenders of all: people they know and trust. We hear the pros and cons.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.